7/25/09, 7:30 a.m. and my phone rang. It was my dad saying that my youngest sister (21 years old), Erika had been in a terrible accident. At this point the only information we had, was that she had been life flighted to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. We all headed to the hospital as fast as we could. Soon after arriving we discover just how bad this really was.
5 a.m. Erika was driving herself and 4 other people (including my cousin) home from a party. She was coming around a turn, failed to make it and ended up hitting the guardrail and bridgerail. The car overturned and Erika was partially ejected through the sunroof. Her head was pinned between the car and the road for over an hour. She was conscious the entire time.
Her passengers only recieved minor injuries, but Erika's injuries were severe. She had lost her entire left ear and part of that cheek, her right eyebrow, the bones of her left elbow had been shaved down from scrapping down the road and there was major tissue and tendon loss on her right hand. We were devastated.
They did surgery to clean out her elbow and hand soon after we had arrived and then place her in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
She spent 2 days there and then 8 more days on the trauma unit.
While hospitalized she had a skin graft taken from her left inner upper thigh and grafted to 3 areas of her face, 2 to the ear area and 1 to the eyebrow area.
She is extremely lucky to be alive. I have heard from people who were at the scene that that they didn't think she was going to make it.
She has a long road ahead of her, filled with many surgeries and she will need to get a prosthetic ear, but she handles it amazingly.
Here is the guy she wants to go see for her ear. He is in Virginia and does amazing work.